One of SIOPA’s key engagement strategies is to offer informative, knowledgeable and innovative speakers to present at our bi-monthly professional development events. SIOPA has hosted several international speakers and thought-leaders in industry and Industrial/Organisational (I/O) Psychology. Members and industry professionals are invited to attend these events that focus on providing our audience with the latest research and practical application of theories and models.  Further, events are also an opportunity to network and connect with like-minded individuals in a friendly and professional environment.

Upcoming Events:

Webinar: Accelerate Your Career in Organisational Psychology (14 Sept)


Webinar: Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace (16/08)\

The presentation discussed the legal obligations to manage psychosocial hazards at the workplace and provide some examples and strategies to manage the risk.







PANEL EVENT: Growing Effective Organisations and Engaged Workforces: Insights from Organisational Leaders

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 – Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia

We are proud to present our third annual leader panel event to highlight the needs and perspectives of organisational leaders who are responsible and accountable for achieving results and supporting the well-being and growth of their people.

Mr Jon Wilson (Director, 3Pillars Asia Pacific; Managing Director, Blue Provident) will facilitate an interactive panel discussion and Q&A session with three organisational leaders: Ms Lorna MacGregor (CEO, Lifeline WA), Mr Ian Shakesphere (CEO, SMG Helth) and Mr Guy Sanders (Experienced Executive Leader).


PERTH EVENT: Coaching for Performance – Hosted by the International Coach Federation

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 – Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia

Individuals, teams and organisations are facing constant new and varying challenges within the workplace. The skills required of leaders in the modern world are vastly different to those of 20 years ago. The demands on employees and teams continue to grow.

So why coaching? How is coaching any different to other offerings? Why is coaching so effective at increasing productivity and performance? These questions and many more will be answered in this session.

You will experience:

  • An introduction to the International Coach Federation (ICF), current coaching theory, science and practise
  • The opportunity to witness Jenny Edis demonstrating a coaching conversation with a volunteer client
  • A review of the essential elements of coaching as a tool using the ICF Core Competency framework



SYDNEY & MELBOURNE EVENTS:  The Death of Rational Economics with Dharma Chandran, hosted by SIOPA Board member Barry Bloch

Sydney – Monday 2 September 2019- Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Melbourne- Tuesday 3 September 2019- Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

At our inaugural Sydney  and Melbourne events, Dharma Chandran will discuss how the concept of “the rational man” and economically rational decision making has permeated management and leadership theory and practice for over half a century.  More recently, behavioural theories from psychology and sociology have provided more convincing explanations for the decisions made by economic actors.  Dharma will explore the role of psychologists in modern business and the value that they can bring to commerce and commercial enterprise.




BRISBANE EVENT: Embracing the Future of Work with Karen Lay-Brew

Tuesday 3 September 2019 – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

In our first ever Brisbane event, Karen Lay-Brew will share insights from her corporate career with some of the world’s best known organisations, as well as her current work with the Australian Government, the Australian software industry and private sector organisations. Explore an Executive’s view of the value that organisational psychologists bring to support significant organisational and workforce transitions, and help organisations embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future of work.